Bin Laden Buried With Islamic Rites in North Arabian Sea

U.S. Troops Watch Obama Speech
U.S. service members at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan watch President Obama announce the death of Osama Bin Laden. Source: U.S. Air Force

May 2 (Bloomberg) -- Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, killed in a shootout with U.S. forces in Pakistan, was buried today in the North Arabian Sea in a process that followed Islamic traditions, U.S. officials said.

His body was washed, wrapped in white sheet and placed in weighted bag for burial at sea, the officials said at a briefing in Washington, speaking on the condition that they not be named.

A U.S. military officer gave scripted religious remarks before the body slid into the sea, they said.

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